BEN CAREY, Louis Roche and Ciaran Rice helped St Colman’s College to a national title as they won the Irish Schools Junior Championship at Macroom.
There was some impressive golf on display as the North Cork team marched to victory.
Ben Carey from Fermoy Golf Club shot 41 points, the best round of the day in Macroom. Carey scored 22 points in the front nine, thanks in part to birdies on the fifth and eight holes.
Despite having a few bogies on the way home, Carey beat his handicap.
He added 19 points on the back nine for a leading total of 41 points.
Louie Roche (Fermoy) added an impressive 34 points with Doneraile’s Ciaran Rice’s score being discounted in the best two of three stableford format.
That total of 75 points meant the Cork team had a one point win over Garbally College from Ballinasloe. Elaine Cronin, St Colman’s Team Captain paid tribute to the boys after their win.
“It’s an absolute privilege and an honour. We are thrilled, we didn’t expect this, there were lots of ups and downs so this this is a wonderful surprise.
"The boys were finalists last year up in Fermanagh and they missed out by two points so they are absolutely thrilled to come back and win this year.”
St Colman’s had to wait for the opportunity to avenge last years loss. They originally won the Munster title back in October.
That was their second attempt to retain their Munster title in Castlemartyr as the competition was rained off on the original date.
On that occasion it was Ciaran Rice who led the scoring for the Fermoy college with 39 points. The young golfers were then looking forward to an All-Ireland final in late April.
That date was postponed during lockdown and on Tuesday St Colman’s made the most of the rescheduled final date.
Both Ciaran Rice and Louis Roche were on the losing team from 2019 so it was fitting that they won on their second attempt. Its Coleman’s second win in the Irish Schools Junior Championship, they previously won in 2016.
Unfortunately there was no joy for Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig who were in action in the Irish Schools Senior Championship.
The senior matchplay event also took place in Macroom and Colaiste Choilm faced CBS Roscommon in the semi-final.
They were also through to the All Ireland stage of the competition for the second successive year, Keelan McCarthy and John Lehane put points on the board for the Cork side but Luca Rickard, Jack O’Keeffe and Stephen Riordan lost out to send the Roscommon side into the final.
They went on to beat Belfast Academical in the final to take the title.